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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Party Idea: Safer-Sex Fiesta!




Chef BoyRUGay would like to remind readers to Ask Argenta, if you have any questions about sexual health, relationships, or living life with pride! 

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to watch the elusive Ms. PerĂ³n host a game show at La Casa, the Latino Culture Center at Indiana University Bloomington.  The game was a twist on the timeless “Newlywed Game,” in which contestants tried to guess their partners’ answers to questions about relationships (What would your partner give up for love?), sex(Where does your partner prefer to be kissed?) and STI’s(Does your partner know which bodily fluids carry HIV?).  It was obvious that Argenta had done her research, and I was reminded of a few facts I had forgotten. 

The funniest moment came when participants were asked to identify the safest means of STI prevention.  One enthusiastic audience member yelled out what the Chef was already thinking:  “Masturbation!”

This week’s challenge is to share healthy eating habits with others.  Come up with a few invasive questions of your own, and invite friends for stimulating conversation, over these flavorful, nutritious quesadillas.  A note of caution: use a little tact if you plan to invite Argenta over for Taco Night.

The following recipe is courtesy of the South Beach Diet:

Chicken Quesadillas
Ingredients:
4 whole wheat (8-inch) tortillas
2 (6 oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pre-cooked and thinly sliced
1 cup, shredded, reduced-fat cheddar or Monterey jack pepper cheese (I like to use ½ cup of eachJ)
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and thinly sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced
Salt and black pepper

Directions:
Heat oven to 200 degrees.
Heat 1 tortilla in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until warm, about 1 minute.
Sprinkle tortilla with ¼ of the chicken, cheese, avocado, onions, and a pinch of salt and black pepper.
Cover the skillet and cook until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes.
Use a spatula to remove the tortilla from to a plate or cutting board.  Fold the tortilla in half and place on a baking sheet in the warm oven.
Repeat three times with remaining ingredients.
Cut each quesadilla into 3 triangles.
These quesadillas are very filling!  They served as dinner and next-day lunch for two, when I made them.  Salsa, guacamole and low-fat sour cream (or yogurt)are tasty complements to this dish!

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Chef is Back!




Happy New Year! 

No, Chef BoyRUGay hasn’t flipped his lid.  Quite the opposite; after a research hiatus, I am armed with a series of healthy recipes to help you beat the crap out of holiday weight gain and kick 2012 off right.

I’m sure I’m not alone in noticing that New Year’s resolutions don’t really work.  And why would they?  Six days after two of the fattest holidays of the year, while you’re still wading through leftover ham and nibbling on candy canes, you’re expected to feel inspired by the turn of a calendar page, sit down, write down a few vague objectives and become a paragon of restraint and discipline overnight?  Yeah right!  Wouldn’t it be easier to prepare for the New Year gradually, making lifestyle improvements until you’re in tune with your habits and ready to set some real attainable goals? 

That’s the idea behind “Fit Fridays” here at Illumenate.   Check out our blog every Friday for the next three months (from now until 2012!).  Here, you’ll discover delicious recipes to keep you fit and empowered to politely decline that extra slice of pie at Thanksgiving dinner.

Join us!  Subscribe to the Illumenate blog to get our support as you plan your own strategy for health in the New Year.  Let us know how your efforts are going and share any tips you think others might find helpful.
This week’s recipe serves as a reminder that a healthy breakfast, essential to a productive and focused morning, can be delicious.  Next week, we’ll feature chicken, in case someone asks you which came first…

Introducing: Chef BoyRUGay’s Own Egg White Frittata
(Vegetarian/Gluten-free)

Ingredients:
1 tbsp. olive, veggie or canola oil
6 egg whites (yolks discarded)
2 tsp. fat-free milk
Pinch of salt and pepper
2 green onions, chopped
1 small green bell pepper, diced
1 Roma tomato, diced
1 clove of garlic, diced
3 or 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 tbsp. shredded, reduced fat cheese

Directions:
Preheat the broiler on your oven.
Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.
 While the oil is heating, whisk together the egg whites and milk (The more you beat the eggs, the fluffier your frittata will be!).   Season this mixture with salt and pepper.  Set aside.
When the oil begins to change color, toss the diced veggies and herbs into the skillet.
Cook the veggies, stirring gently, until the onions start to become translucent.  Try to distribute veggies evenly over the surface of the skillet.
Pour the seasoned egg mixture over the veggies and let it cook without stirring.
Do not let the eggs cook fully, just until they start to set on the bottom of the skillet.
Sprinkle cheese over the mixture.
Remove the skillet from the flame and place it in the broiler.
Allow the mixture to cook for one minute in the broiler, or until the top is nicely browned.
Remove the skillet from the broiler, allow to cool, cut and serve (feeds 2-4).

It’s fun to play around with vegetable combinations in this frittata!  Mushrooms, artichokes, spinach and Vidalia onions are just a few veggies that would also be great in this dish.
ChefBoyRUGay challenges you to eat a nutritious breakfast every day next week!  Don’t punk out.
For days you’re in a hurry, here are a few quick, healthy breakfast ideas from RealSimple.com

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Very Abridged Life & Times of Harry Potter!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Note from Argenta



Dear Queridos,
Yesterday, I had a moment of sadness.  When I learned of Jamey Rodemeyer my heart became heavy.  I became so enraged at what people are doing to our children. I know many of you have experienced this hate first hand.  There is no way for me to apologize for what people have done to you or make it go away.  I can only offer you a safe and fun environment to be yourself…whoever that is! 
Jamey’s story is not unique, unfortunately.   There are so many youth out that have to endure this vile hatred and have had listen to bigots spew poison.  Papis, every day I walk into my office and look at my poster from the Trevor Project.  This poster says “I am glad I failed at suicide because my life is so amazing now” and I think “Me Too, Papi, me too”.   There are way too many unique and beautiful people in our community to lose one.   YOU could cure disease, create masterpieces, change the world…but you have to be here to do it! Who knows, you could be the first gay president…as long as I get to be on the cabinet!  As Mr. Marlo Thomas (Phil Donahue) said “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”
If you, at any time feel depressed, sad, or that you want to harm yourself or others; please talk to someone.  There are many resources in the community.  Many of them are free! I encourage you all to take a moment and connect with a friend and let them know you care.
So take a moment right now to Text, Call, Facebook, G+, Tweet, Morris Code, Smoke Signals, WHATEVER, and tell them that if they need, you will channel Oleta Adams and get there!  
Please Queridos, take care of yourselves and each other!
Un gran beso y un abrazo grande y fuerte,
Argenta